Gary Soto | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Patricia de la Fuentes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Gary Soto.
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Critical Essay by Patricia de la Fuentes

SOURCE: “Ambiguity in the Poetry of Gary Soto,” in Revista Chicano-Riqueña, Vol. XI, No. 2, Summer, 1983, pp. 34-9.

In the following essay, de la Fuentes explores Soto's use of ambiguity as a poetic device.

Although Aristotle was “inclined to consider all ambiguity as a perversion or failing of language instead of its natural and valuable quality,”1 by the Seventeenth Century, the Spanish theorist and critic Baltasar Gracián firmly established, in his famous treatise “Agudeza y Arte del Ingenio,”2 the fundamental importance of ambiguity as a poetic device. More recently, the English critic William Empson further clarified the status of this device by stating that “an ambiguity … is not satisfying in itself, nor is it, considered as a device on...

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